The cloud that works

The Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia (MI) works in administrative internal affairs at a systemic level. Its main areas of work include affairs related to citizenship, migrations, integration of migrants, activities related to the operation of societies, political parties, public event organizers etc. The police, who assure public safety, and the Inspectorate of the Republic of Slovenia also operate within the MI. Modern information technologies separately support the civilian part (including the Inspectorate) and the independent police part.

NIL responded to the needs of the MI for a renovation of the central computer system (CCS) that included a number of servers and storage capacities and provided network access to information sources. Existing infrastructure was no longer sufficient to satisfy the need for improvement and increasing the range of services. The Ministry put out a public tender and recognized the NIL HyperCenter architecture as the most appropriate and favorable technology for the MI’s solution.

“Completely consolidated and virtualized infrastructure provides excellent scalability, easier management, high performance and low operating costs.”
Mitja Robas, Distinguished Engineer, NIL Ltd.

Consolidation and virtualization of IT infrastructure

NIL HyperCenter operates on the principle of cloud-based computing and includes the entire CCS infrastructure – server, network and storage.

The solution is based on top-of-the-range hardware and software by world-renowned vendors Cisco, VMware and EMC. This solution provides high availability of processing memory and storage resources, with special emphasis on scalability. NIL HyperCenter represents a transition from the MI’s previous static infrastructures to modern dynamic IT infrastructures that are capable of better and faster adaptation to business requirements while reducing operating risk. The integrated approach to architecture facilitates management and administration while improving operation oversight.

Integrity, high performance, scalability and easier management were the main reasons for selecting NIL HyperCenter, and these characteristics have been confirmed many times over by IT professionals and satisfied users at the MI after only a few months of use.

Taking care of everything

NIL worked on the entire process of the solution implementation. We prepared a status analysis, planned the upgrade and implemented it and also provided appropriate training of MI IT staff.

First an analysis of the existing CCS was carried out in cooperation with MI experts.

An implementation plan was then prepared on the basis of analysis results and the requirements and expectations of the MI. The hardware and software were selected, the architecture plan (configuration, availability, infrastructure integration …) and solution schedule were drawn up, along with plans for testing and migration of existing servers and data to the new NIL HyperCenter architecture.

 

The final configuration was tested in a laboratory setting prior to actual implementation. Since testing showed no problems, the configuration was integrated into the CCS data center at the Ministry.

While on location at the MI, we continued testing and optimizing settings. This ensured the highest possible efficiency of the configuration.

Tests and settings were followed by migration of existing virtual servers.

In the last step of implementation, the NIL HyperCenter solution was integrated into the existing management-control system, IBM Tivoli Monitoring, and the security schemes of the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager.

Prior to final handover into operation, NIL also conducted training of MI personnel for management of the NIL HyperCenter solution.